Destination Spotlight: Punta Cana

Punta Cana is located on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic, with sections of coastline overlooking both the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. This popular beach destination is home to some of the world’s best all inclusive resorts with something for every travel style, whether you’re planning a family vacation on a budget or a luxurious adults only retreat.

With so much to see and do, we put together the ultimate Punta Cana travel guide to help you get started on planning your tropical getaway. From the best hotels in Punta Cana to the top things to do in Punta Cana, read on and get inspired!

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Lounge on world-famous beaches

The Dominican Republic is famous for its pristine beaches and picturesque shores – and Punta Cana’s beaches are some of the best on the island. Overlooking the sparkling waters of the Caribbean Sea, there are over 32 kilometres of sparkling coastline to choose from including Bavaro Beach, Macao Beach, Arena Gorda Beach and Juanillo Beach. You can even head on a day excursion on board a catamaran to Saona Island, a desert island oasis that’s home to an exclusive beach club.

Where to stay: Stay on one of the best beaches in Punta Cana at Royalton Bavaro Resort and Spa. This beachfront oasis offers something for guests of all ages, with a winding lazy river, a FlowRider® surf simulator and a lavish spa. Upgrade to Diamond Club™ to enjoy access to an exclusive beach area with a dedicated bar and convenient wait service.

Natural pool hidden in a cave
Explore mystical jungles and hidden cenotes

The area surrounding Punta Cana is home to lush jungles, hidden caves and a breathtaking cenote! While Mexico may be better known for its cenotes, Hoyo Azul is a mystical blue hole surrounded by lush greenery in Punta Cana’s Scape Park. Admire the exotic flora and fauna of the region as you hike through the lush landscapes to Hoyo Azul, where you can swim in the cenote’s magical turquoise waters.

Where to stay: After a fun-filled day exploring the jungle, head back to one of the most popular Punta Cana resorts, Riu Palace Punta Cana. Cool off in one of the numerous pools before enjoying a delicious meal at one of the on-site restaurants, with cuisine options ranging from Japanese to Spanish and Italian.

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Visit an action-packed adventure park

Looking for exciting Punta Cana excursions that everyone in the family will love? You’ll have a blast at Bavaro Adventure Park! This sprawling nature-themed amusement park is home to over 15 attractions including ziplining, Zorb bubbles, BMX bikes, bungee jumping, paintball and a flight simulator. Kids will love the park’s Jurassic World, which is home to over 40 life-size animatronic dinosaurs!

Where to stay: Keep the fun going at Royalton Splash Punta Cana Resort and Spa. This top-rated family resort is ideal for your next family vacation in Punta Cana and is home to one of the largest on-site water parks in the Caribbean! Planning an adults only Punta Cana getaway? Stay at Hideaway at Royalton Punta Cana next door, a resort-within-a-resort featuring exclusive areas for guests aged 18+.

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Tee off on championship golf courses

The views from Punta Cana’s numerous golf courses can’t be beat, with pristine greens winding along the beautiful coastline. Practice your swing on one of the many championship-worthy courses like Punta Espada Golf Club and Hard Rock Golf Club, both of which were designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus. Plus, the world-famous greens of Teeth of the Dog, The Links and Dye Fore are just a short drive away in La Romana – you may even spot celebrities teeing off at the next hole!

Where to stay: The adults only Royalton CHIC Punta Cana Resort and Spa provides the perfect home base for your golf getaway. The resort is located a short drive from the Punta Blanca Golf Club designed by Nick Price and offers plenty of opportunities for socializing or relaxing after a day spent hitting the links. You can even choose from add-on packages with golf inclusions.

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